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It’s fun to read a book set in your own backyard — so I’ve compiled a short list of fiction that takes place (or supposedly takes place) in or around Williamsburg, Virginia.  Choose a romance, mystery, or historical fiction:

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I am an unabashed fan of crime fiction set in the past. It is fascinating to consider how crimes might have been solved in the days before police departments, forensic scientists, and loads of technology. Often these books hark back to the puzzle side of crime fiction allowing the reader to solve the crime along with the fictional detective. Here are some of my favorite historical crime novels, arranged in chronological order.

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My daughter started college this week, and I start teaching a class for Catholic University’s graduate program in Library Science next week. So, I find myself thinking of books about school and academics. There are a lot of fascinating works of fiction set in academia. They are often funny, satiric, and thoughtful in equal measure. Here are some of my favorites.

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I enjoy cooking, especially in the summer when there are plenty of fresh vegetables, fruits,  and herbs in the garden, only a short walk from the kitchen door. I also enjoy looking through cookbooks to get some new ideas on how to use different ingredients. Here are some of my favorite collections of recipes and ideas for interesting dishes.

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A brief driving trip this past summer got me thinking about great road stories. Whether the mode of travel is car, train, plane, or shank’s mare, these tales of the highways and byways are always interesting for their insights into both the traveler and the route. Here are some of my favorite titles of being out on the road.

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Start with two attractive people, add the steamy atmosphere of the kitchen, stir with the fast-paced work environment, and cook up late nights… and you get a recipe for romance in the kitchen!  Here are some books featuring chefs/restaurants/bakeries as a main component of the love story.

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Every so often I find myself in the mood for a sprawling, leisurely-paced work of fiction. There are a multitude of novels written in the 19th century that amply fit the bill. The list below includes some of my favorites. These are great stories and have such a strong sense of place that you are quite transported. They are great reading for a languid week at the beach or a long winter’s night.

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